Vanguard does server merge

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Vanguard has finished their servermerger, hopfully this will make the world feel alive and bring a lot more to the game.

I had really high hopes for this game when it was released: I never had any problem running it (as many did) and my high end computer delivered. But after a while (3 months) the game was dead, almost no teams was forming and all there was left was an empty sandbox to play in.
I tried to come back due to the great guild i was in (TOG) but when my home, the Island of Kojan, was completly empty of players I gave up.

Now the server are merged and hopefully players will have the chance to venture in this truly great game, I hope Vanguard will get a new chance in this cut throat business, it really deserves it. SOE seems to be doing a really great job if I understand the reactions from the players correct.


Blackmoore elf warrior finally says goodbye to Vanguard!

For me it’s over,  I might try it out again in the future but it has to be a lot less hardcore then it was before if I do.. I want to have fun, it’s kind of in the nature of the word “game” itself. Vanguard (and many others) has to many timesinks to be fun.

Did You Know 2.0

Did You Know? originally started out as a PowerPoint presentation for a faculty meeting in August 2006 at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, United States. The presentation “went viral” on the Web and, as of June 2007, had been seen by at least 5 million online viewers (not including the countless others who saw it at conferences, workshops, training institutes, etc.).

Old man ramblings

Just me rambling about games again, move on, nothing here to see.

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Blackmoore does Eve Online, but fails for the third time! This spaceshit just don’t cut it for Blackie, he has to hit stuff!

Age Of Conan
Check out their presentation from Games Convention in Leipzig featuring a high level dunegon and a first look at how massive siege pvp will look like in AoC
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/setView/videos/gameID/191/videoId/1098

I’m not really sure this game is for me. Massive pvp has never been my style and yet again I get the feeling of “been there, done that, doing it tomorrow” As a sidenote, a rumour says you will get a buff from haveing sex in AoC, now that’s at least something new. It wont build a whole game though.. But for all the hardcore Conan fans out there, grats to finally getting your own game.

 EVE Online
EVE Online’s latest update, Revelations 2.2 is now live, this is free content upgrade wich allways is nice ofc. Later this year their new graphics engine (looks really, really good tbh). EVE will prolly stay for a long time beeing almost alone in it’s genre (at least when it comes to quality). I have tried to get in the game 3 times now over the past years, and I just can’t.. I have no idea what it is with this game that just wont make it stick to me like other games. Even though i managed to get in guilds I feel disconnected and alone when playing it. http://www.eve-online.com/

 

World of warcraft goes VoIP
Now this has to be one of the smartest moves Blizzard has done. VoIP is one of the features in LoTRO i really liked, not for raiding (I still use TeamSPeak for that) so much as for teaming with my small group of friends actually. Many nights I could just log in and getting teamed with my brother just for a nice chat about the kids etc. VoIP FTW! The new Voice Chat feature is now available in game on the test realm, I hope it supports small teams and not just raids. Read all about it: 
http://www.wow-europe.com/en/info/underdev/testrealm.html

Hope to see this soon on the live servers!

Interactive Virtual Environment

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Now this is a pretty intresting idea actually.

Forterra systems INC, using the OLIVE™ (On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment) Platform that enables organizations to train, plan and rehearse scenarios.

“Distributed virtual world technology” scalable to fit your own corporate needs, pretty cool if you ask me. Now ofc it’s all about making money, i can respect that but it opens up for the future. Maybe we wont use blogs in a couple of years, maybe we will have our own 3D environment and we all surf around with our own avatar between different virtual worlds.

IVE (Interactive Virtual Environment) is the shit!
How cool it would be to walk with your best friend in a virtual mall (yes Orcano it’s you..), listening to mp3, checking out with my VISA card when i buy something. I don’t wanna check my mail using Outlook, i wanna walk up to my own mailbox, dropping attachment in to my personal portfolio. It’s nothing new ofc, but god damn i wanna see it happen!

Now go make this free for education so schools can start using it you cheep bastards!

Go check out OLIVE http://www.forterrainc.com/index.php

Check out their video http://www.forterrainc.com/movies/forterra_corporate_LO.wmv 

(just turn the volyme down to skip that corporate bullshit)

The shady side of the mmorpg business

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If this story is the truth or not may stand contested, but intresting reading never the less.

In short, an ex-Arena.net Employee describes they ties between GFC (Gold farming companys) and legit mmo companys (in this case Arena.Net) and how money shifts under the table.

After all  this is a capitalistic world
Shady business indeed but I’m not suprised at all, RMT is big buiness and why wouldn’t any company get there share of it in one way or another. I have tried to adress the RMT problem before in this article. EVE Online had their incident with an employee giving stuff to his guild  and I’m pretty sure most companys have a ton of skeletons lying around in their closets..

you can be pretty sure there’s a lot of shady stuff going on in the mmo business, after all  this is a capitalistic world, and the bottom line is that companys only perform actions that will increase their revenue in the long run. I know I would, they would be stupid otherwise..

Read and judge for yourself:
Confessions Of An Ex-Arena.net Employee

I’m pretty sure we will se more of this story.

When will the black market money generated from virtual economies be taxed?
So my question is, when will we see this business beeing regulated and monitored by outside forces? When will the black market money generated from virtual economies be taxed by our governments.

Mark my word, in a very near future this business will change drasticly for everone, this is not about “online gaming” anymore, It’s about making money.

Your penis is too small even for a Barbie doll.

I love the Internet, I even love some of the spam you get.
This letter was sent to a woman i know and she forwarded it to me.

From:  xxxx.xxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx
To:  “xxxx.xxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx” <xxxx.xxxx@xxxxxxxxxx.xxx>
Subject:  RE:
Date:  Sat, 4 Aug 2007 19:40:19 -0400
>Your penis is too small even for a Barbie doll. With Penis Enlarge
>Patch it will be big enough for everybody.
>
>http://www.xxxxx.biz/?xxxxxxxxxxxx
>

– uhum it is? Well darn it i better do something about it then and klick this link.. duh..

– OMG! How do they know??

Does a letter like this really work? I mean how low self asteam do you have to have to actually fall for letters like this?


 

 

The Mutant Chronicles

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After my  rant yesterday about the lack of fresh ideas and scenery in todays mmorpg’s I stumbeld over this

A film called “The Mutant Chronicles”, directed by Simon Hunter and starring Thomas Jane, John Malkovich, Devon Aoki, Ron Perlman and others, will reportedly be released in 2008. The story is set 400 years into the future (23rd or 24th century). The movie is described as a futuristic Saving Private Ryan set in a world where nearly everything is powered by steam. Mankind has exhausted Earth’s natural resources. Four corporations have taken over the world in which they are constantly at war with one another, the Bauhaus, the Mishima Corporation, the Capitol Corporation and the Imperial Corporation

http://www.mutantchroniclesthemovie.com/

Bring it on!
Now someone go buy the licence to make a mmorpg out of it FFS!

http://www.paradox-entertainment.com/eng/emutant.asp